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We are Adrian and Nicole Doyle and this is our web site where we show our life on our small holding and showcase the products that we sell.

We are delighted to offer a range of handmade felted fleece rugs, also known as “vegetarian sheepskin rugs”, and handmade felted fleece cushions.  These are made from the wool (not the sheepskin) from our own sheep and no animal is harmed in the process.  You can buy them from our shop, please have a look.

We have also just published Adrian’s book on smallholding life which you can buy in our shop (paperback – UK only) or via Amazon (paperback and ebook).

Latest Stories from Auchenstroan

A new role for Tina Sparkle

Two weeks ago our dear brave hennie Bim, passed away to the Great Hen Run in the Sky. Bim Bim was a remarkable hen, she lived

polytunnel complete

Polytunnel built at last

As anyone who has read my book might now realise, it's hard keeping up with everything on a smallholding. This is particularly true as we both have to work to

The story of Vera, a sore ear, and a tube of toothpaste

If you are squeamish or having dinner, this story may not be for you😳 As some of you may already know from following our stories, one of our woolly girls,

chainsaw carved sheep wearing jacket

The tale of the “little” wooden sheep

As lots of you know who visit our page, I take on commissions as well as selling things from our shop.  I’m mainly asked to make rugs for people but

releasing young hedgehog

Tiggy Released

Four weeks ago, we found a tiny hedgehog that was outside, alone, during the day. Without help, it would have died (see Summer Hedgehog Rescue). We took him in and

dirty sheep bottom

Hooves and Bottoms

Sheep need a lot of looking after and one of the primary tasks is checking hooves and bottoms. Much like human fingernails and toenails, sheep’s hooves can grow and become

tiny hedgehog

Summer Hedgehog Rescue

Last autumn, I found a small hedgehog which we overwintered (see Hoggy Released).  This can happen a lot, late litters mean they just don't have time to put on enough

swallows nest

swallows’ extension

A while back I posted an update on the nesting birds we have here.  One of the swallows' nests is in our lambing shed and it was looking pretty crowded. 

Shearing at long last!

This story is a bit late, I meant to post it last week but everything to do with shearing this year has been delayed so it’s no wonder my little

Vera gets a touch of the itchies again

Last summer Vera developed an allergy which made her skin very itchy.  See “Vera gets a touch of the Itchies”.  It was worse in bright sunshine and the vet thought

Practical pantry at last

Most of the stories on this blog relate to the stuff we do outdoors.  However, we have slowly been doing work inside the house too.  Carpets have been replaced with

shed built

Another shed

One of the things that has been a problem for us is that we don't really have anywhere to put our garden tools and associated paraphernalia.  We have flowerpots in

Reviews

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Review for felted fleece rug - soft cream curls
5/5
thank you

Thank you for my beautiful rug, I am absolutely delighted with it!! It goes perfectly in my room and is so lovely and soft…

Review for Felted Cheviot fleece rug
5/5
Gorgeous

Thank you so much for the rug, it’s absolutely gorgeous!

Review for Felted fleece \"sheepskin\" rug - Cheviot hog fleece
5/5
A work of art!

This is the highest quality sheepskin I’ve ever seen. It’s a work of art, and we’re proud to have it in our home. I’m overjoyed to have finally found a beautiful cruelty-free option. Big thanks to you and the sheep, who are very cute.

Review for Felted fleece "sheepskin" rug
5/5
Beautiful

Bought for my vegetarian daughter’s birthday. It’s just beautiful. Much lighter weight than a skin so when the box arrived we thought it must be tiny. It was delightful opening up the packaging for the big reveal. You could tell a lot of care had been taken parcelling it up so it up.

Review for Handmade Felted Fleece Rug
5/5
Nicole's Rug in Luxembourg 🙂

I was looking for an ethical “sheep skin” rug and happily found Nicole and Adrian’s website. Nicole chose for us a beautiful fleece from her sheep which went into the production of our first rug. My family loves it, including the little touches that came with our package too. Nicole and Adrian are wonderful and they put love and care into everything they do. Thank you for this very special rug, we will cherish for many years to come!

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